Going green doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the style of your home. In fact, it’s the perfect way to embrace it.
Forget pumping up the heater there are plenty of ways to create a stylish sanctuary in a space that’s sustainable.
Energy efficient options have come a long way, and now there are a range of solutions to choose from whether you’re looking at lighting or selecting blinds and awnings.
All you need to do to is decide on the design and style of your home and search for sustainable options that work best for you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Choose the right Light
Lighting can really set the mood, and while you may have a particular style you can easily incorporate an option that will be kind to your energy bill.
Look for light fittings, such as pendants and chandeliers, that use energy efficient bulbs – like LED pendants – and choose them where possible.
And speaking of setting the mood, adding dimmers to light switchers will have a big impact on your energy consumption. Other options like light sensors will help keep costs down and create a stylish feature in your home. For the outdoors, consider adding timers to lights on feature areas and use solar lights where possible.
Another option is swapping old globes for fluorescent or LED lights – this can save you up to 80 percent on your electricity bill.
Install smart blinds and awnings
Did you know that up to 43 percent of the heat in your home could be leaking out your windows? That’s a lot of heat, especially on a cold night. So, it’s important to choose blinds that have been designed with energy efficiency in mind.
Look for options that use smart technology to insulate the home and that work effectively in both warm and cold climates.
While there’s a range of options, one of the smartest available is the Duette Shades Collection variety. The smart honeycomb design traps air within its distinct pockets, creating insulation at the window.
You can take your energy efficiency rating one step further by motorising these blinds with technology such as Luxaflex PowerView Motorisation. Blinds can be automated at the touch of a button to close or open at different times of the day, minimising heat at certain times of the day in summer and maximising warmth in winter.
Apart from offering a stylish alternative to everyday blinds they will also lower your electricity bill – it’s a win, win!
You can even make an energy efficient impact to the outside of your home by installing an external awning. This will keep incoming heat off your windows and from entering the house - putting less pressure on your air conditioning in summer.
Plants are energy savers
Before you start picking plants, think about the way they will impact the inside of your home. You really can save on energy consumption inside by what you plant on the outside.
Some of the best options are planting deciduous trees to the south and west of your home to create extra shade in summer. In winter, the bare branches will let the sunshine through.
If trees aren’t an option, a vertical garden is the way to go. The design offers an extra layer of insulation and, when strategically placed, can provide plenty of cooling or heating benefits.
Don’t have an outdoor space? Indoor plants have energy efficient benefits too. They can help to reduce airflow and cool down the air which means less reason to turn on the air-conditioning.
Pick appliances with a good star rating
The appliances you choose for your home can really set the style of your space, especially in the kitchen. But did you know that all the appliances in your home take up around 30% of your total energy bill? So, it’s important to choose wisely.
You can easily compare options using the Energy Rating Label found on appliances such as televisions, computer monitors, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, freezers and clothes dryers. Simply go for the appliance that has the highest number of stars.
There’s even a handy calculator that can help you compare and make the best choice.
This article brought to you by Luxaflex.